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There were several big performances from rookies again in Week 13, and some of them altered things in our newest Rookie Power Rankings. 

Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is ascending, as he helped the Lions secure their first win of the season with a last second touchdown reception from Jared Goff

Broncos fans were unhappy with Patrick Surtain II's exclusion from our rankings, but it was warranted. He had another interception against Kansas City, but it was on a play where Surtain was beat and the ball went off Tyreek Hill's hands. The rookie has been loose carrying his routes to the field. He gets a bit handsy in routes up the boundary but is not being flagged so that is just good play. Surtain is not flashing to the flat to make plays because that is not necessarily his role in Vic Fangio's defense. Coming into the 2021 NFL Draft, Surtain was a top five pick for me and a player that I listed as the top rookie coming into the regular season. Perhaps my expectations for him are elevated for that reason, but he has a lot to clean up. He has improved as the season has progressed, but it still looks like he is overthinking out there.

We will be tracking rookie performers each week and identifying those who stood out. These rankings are not based on statistical performance but rather overall play. Without further ado, the cumulative regular season rookie rankings as we head into Week 14:

Week 14 Rookie Rankings
1
Creed Humphrey Kansas City Chiefs C
There is little more to be said about Humphrey each week. He is a rock star who is not getting bullied by bigger defensive tackles and is not allowing quicker players to get on his hip.
2
Rashawn Slater Los Angeles Chargers OT
The narrative surrounding Slater should be that he is one of the best offensive tackles in the entire NFL. The conversation has moved past him simply being a top rookie.
3
Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys OLB
Parsons is quick enough to be in the pocket in coverage but he does not look comfortable. His best attribute is his quickness and closing speed. Dallas should want him working towards the ball on every play like a spy or a pass rusher. When New Orleans ran a bootleg right, Parsons sniffed it out immediately, avoided the running back and closed quickly to finish an easy tackle for a loss.
4
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Cleveland Browns OLB
Owusu-Koramoah got promoted on his week off. He is such a twitchy athlete that always finds himself around the football.
5
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
It took me 41 seconds to watch all three of Jones' pass snaps this morning. There was not much to take from this one. New England was run dominant and that led to an awkward post-game press conference for the Bills.
6
Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins WR
Waddle is on pace for 112.5 receptions this season, which should give him the opportunity to surpass Jarvis Landry's franchise single-season receptions record (112).
7
Ja'Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals WR
Chase had an interception go off his hands in this one. Over the last five games combined, he has three more receiving yards than he did on Oct. 24 against Baltimore. He is still on pace for 77.9 receptions for 1,357.2 yards and 8.5 touchdowns.
8
DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles WR
Smith has just four receptions for 37 yards on eight targets in the last two games, but I blame that more on quarterback play and the offensive strategy.
9
Pat Freiermuth Pittsburgh Steelers TE
Freiermuth is a more productive player than Kyle Pitts on a down in, down out basis. If faced with a choice between the two, teams are going to take Pitts every time, but do not overlook the contributions that Freiermuth gives Pittsburgh when the ball is not coming his way.
10
Kyle Pitts Atlanta Falcons TE
Pitts is without question a more dynamic pass catcher than Freiermuth, yet they are comparable in receptions and the latter has five more touchdowns.
11
Nate Hobbs Las Vegas Raiders CB
Hobbs nearly had an interception early in the game and then he was gifted one later when Casey Hayward was inexplicably unable to catch a can of corn. Hobbs got over his skis a bit on a first down completion in the third quarter but was otherwise solid once again.
12
Penei Sewell Detroit Lions OT
Sewell had his best game to date. He truly did not give up pressure and dominated the Minnesota defensive line all day.
13
Javonte Williams Denver Broncos RB
Williams is just a well-rounded player. Denver can trust him to stay in and protect Teddy Bridgewater or leak out for a pass, in addition to his obligations as a runner. Sunday's game without Melvin Gordon offered a glimpse into what Williams can be for that franchise.
14
Jevon Holland Miami Dolphins FS
It can be a bit challenging to measure Holland's impact relative to others because he lines up single high in Broward County. Then, you will see him flashing off the edge for a quarterback pressure or breaking hard to separate a pass catcher from the ball.
15
Elijah Moore New York Jets WR
The final spot came down to two Elijahs: Moore and Mitchell. I decided to go with some new blood. Moore has become a much more consistent performer in this New York offense. He is making plays outside of his frame and has clearly emerged as a favorite target of Zach Wilson's.

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